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----F.E. Hunter operated the Air Line Hotel in Center in 1895.
----The Buena Vista Cemetery was established in 1836. Joe Shields, who was lynched, is buried in this cemetery in an unmarked grave.
----1st class postage in October 1917 went from 2 cents to 3.
----In 1920 the old County Clerk's office on the Courthouse grounds was leased for 5 years to Women's Reading Room Club to be used for a women's restroom.
----In 1917 street lights were turned on in Center- by the Texas Gas & Electric Company, manager, Pittman.
----In the 1960's all school personnel had to sign a Non-Subversive Oath as follows: (Probably due to the Cuban Missile Crises?)

I, __________do solemnly swear (or confirm) that I am not a member of the Communist Party.  (The term "Communist Party" as used herein means any organization which (a) is substantially directed, dominated or controlled by the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics or its satellites, or which (b) seeks to overthrow the Government of the United States or of any state by force,, violence or any other unlawful means.); and that I am not a member of any organization, General of the United States, acting pursuant to Executive Order as totalitarian, fascist, communist or subversive, or as having adopted a policy of advocating or approving the commission of acts of force of violence to deny others their rights under the Constitution of the United States, or as seeking to alter the form of Government of the United States by unconstitutional means; and I am not a member of any "Communist Political Organization" or "Communist Front Organization" registered under the Federal Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C.A. 781, et Seq.) or required to so register under said Act by final order of the Federal Subversive Activities Control Board.

The above oath was signed, witnessed and notarized.



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   Lewis J. Long, 85, of Center died December 12, 2003 in San Augustine. Burial was in Spann Chapel Cemetery.  Born August 16, 1918, in San Augustine, he was the son of Cecil and Lottie Bucklew Long.  Mr. Long was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Lottie Long and sister, Evelyn Matthews.  He is survived by his wife Marie Long of Center; daughter, Edna Nelson of Wilington, Delaware; son, Lewis Kenneth Long of Wilmington, North Carolina; sisters, Letha Boren of Center and Lois Bailey of San Augustine; brother Huey P. Long of Rosevine.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Syble W. Rudd, 89, of Center died December 13, 2003 in Orange.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born November 30, 1914, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Flaudia Rachel and Robert Lee Warr.  Mrs. Rudd was preceded in death by her husband Donese B. Rudd.   She is survived by daughter Billy Jean Casey of Orange; sister, Maxine Stark of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    J. D. Bailey, 87, died December 11, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 29, 1916, in Shelby County, he was the son of James Edward and Lela Byford Bailey.  Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his parents James Edward and Lela Bailey; five brother and five sisters.  Survivors include wife, Irene Bailey, of Center; daughters, Bobbie Sue Smith of Mineola and Wanda Fleming of Center; step-son, Doug Bridwell of Center.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Crawford Byron Crump, 71, of Timpson died December 15, 2003 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Born May 29, 1932, in Shelby County, he was the son of Edgar Willis and Ella Belle Crump.  Mr. Crump is survived by sons, Patrick Byron Crump of Gilmer and Casey Byron Crump; daughter, Danna Elizabeth Crump; brothers, Curtis Crump of Converse, Louisiana and James Crump of Port Neches.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Famnnie Stewart, 87, of Tenaha died December 16, 2003 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Old Center Cemetery, Panola County.  Born December 30, 1915 she was the daughter of Johnny Lee and Ethel Swindell Hartley.  Ms. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband Roy Stewart. Survivors include Peggy Adams of Baytown; stepbrother, Claude Methvin of Timpson. Mangum Funeral Home.
   John Henry Black, 88, of Joaquin died December 16, 2003, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Elnora Black of Joaquin; daughters, Nancy Garman and Lynda Plummer of Mansfield; sister, Jimmie Faye Harper of Tenaha.  Mangum Funeral Home
   Rose Mary Spann, 63, of Neuville Community died December 18, 2003.   Burial was in Neuville Cemetery.  Born January 15, 1940, in Evangeline Parish Louisiana, she was the daughter of Ambrose and Avia Fontenot.  Survivors include Charles Spann of Neuville; daughters, Sandra Nichols of San Augustine and Charlene Spann of Neuville; son, Chuck Spann of Neuville; sister, Marjorie Chapman of Vile Platte, Louisiana.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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